Re-Generative Advances Diploma Unit 16 2013-2014

Cybernetic Insurgence III: Re-Generative Advances

Jonas Lundberg and Andrew Yau


In pursuit of new design possibilities in environmentally specific, ‘regenerative’ architectural and urban production, Diploma 16 continues its on-going investigation of emerging environmentally conscious design paradigms. The unit is interrogating the environmental impact of architecture, urbanism and material fabrication and production processes, based on cybernetic relationships and design-feedback mechanisms. ‘Re-Generative Advances’ will focus on inner city densification and expansion and self-sufficiency, where a positive environmental impact exceeds the adverse environmental effects of construction and building operation.

Diploma 16 aspires for invention- and innovation-driven architectural design intrinsically linked to our natural environment. Our source of inspiration is the impending paradigm shift from sustainability to, what is commonly referred to as, regenerative design based on the biological process in which organisms can replace or restore portions of itself, a primary characteristic of all living systems. The central objective of ‘Re-Generative Advances’ is to design and develop novel architectural and urban prototypes that have a regenerative ecological footprint without compromising design quality and sensibility.

This year, we bring our design experiment back to London, exploring one of the largest urban expansions in Europe and students will be asked to develop their project through time-based urban growth and architecture. The year starts with a series of urban seminars in collaboration with industry experts forming a central knowledge and consultancy. A series of computational workshops assist students to develop a design repertoire and communications skills based on generative and associative modelling techniques, environmental simulation and digital fabrication.

Students prepare and develop a formal research abstract and design thesis geared towards a final manifesto claiming vision, authorship, craftsmanship and technical proficiency. The design thesis is supported by consultancy, large-scale models and a super-scale singular composite drawing representing both artefacts, time-based changes and metabolism. We expect student theses to revolve around the critical design relationship between the formation of urban communities, architecture, new material processes and the promise of a positive environmental impact.

Specialists & Consultants
Duncan Berntsen (Urban Strategies & Management)
Raymond Hall of People & Places International Ltd (Land & Enterprise Development)
Matthew Peacock (Government & Communities Policies)


Unit Staff


Andrew Yau & Jonas Lundberg are members of Urban Future Organisation, an international architecture practice and design research collaborative. UFO has won a number of international competitions, exhibited its work at the Venice and Beijing Biennales and was featured in 10X10 v2. Currently they are working on large-scale urban and architectural projects in the Far East.

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